In The 50th Law, hip hop and pop culture icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to write a “bible” for success in life and work based on a single principle: fear nothing. With stories from 50 Cent's life on the streets and in the boardroom as he rose to fame after the release of his album Get Rich or Die Tryin’, as well as examples of others who have overcome adversity through understanding and practicing the 50th Law, this deeply inspirational book is perfect for entrepreneurs as well as anyone interested in the extraordinary life of Curtis Jackson.
The 50th Law (Unabridged)
I downloaded this audio book and began to listen to it and was in awe by it's message. I did not expect the book to be so insightful about business and life in general. I find the book hard to keep from listening to when it is time to do other activities. It is very constructive about making goals for your life. I am always anxious to get back and listen to the next chapter of the book. I find this to be an excellent read and I plan to gift the book to several people.
The end does not always justify the means
I have read every one of Greenes books and I am disappointed in this one. The editing left a lot to be desired, as there was a lot of repetition, to the point of feeling like you were starting chapter one all over again, and again, and again.
I am not impressed by 50 cent, or how he came to be rich. This book is nothing more than a how-to manual on recognizing/aquiring sociopathic behavior. To me, the book only magnifies and encourages behaviors that are destructive, especially to oneself.
Depth, Sophistication and Hustling
This was/is a cool book. I bought the audiobook from iTunes and have enjoyed Greene's narration of the text. There is something pleasant about a white guy describing the ghetto, the streets and hustling without affecting a "black" accent. He is merely reading, yet it informs the text as well as the reader.
The book itself is a fascinating thesis. Greene and Fifty suggest that one must be fearless to succeed in life. There are examples from Fifty's life as well as (more interesting to me) history. There are heavy quotes from Malcolm X, Richard Wright and James Baldwin peppered in the book that add to the depth as well as frame many arguments and ideas.
If one is looking for an inspired read and or listen, this is the book for you. It is scholarly and ghetto at the same time. I dig it.